World media roundup – 13 December 2013

Categories: In The Media.

Belgian Senate votes to allow euthanasia for terminally ill children

Belgium – New York Times

Belgium took a big step on Thursday to becoming the first country to allow euthanasia for incurably ill children, after the upper house of Parliament voted by a large majority to extend to minors a 2002 law legalizing the practice for adults.

‘Euthanasia safeguards won’t work’ says Belgian professor

Christian Concern

The Dean of the Faculty of Law at a Belgian University has warned that laws permitting euthanasia cannot be introduced without endangering the lives and safety of patients, and that safeguards and controls introduced in any such legislation will not work.

Lords clash over assisted dying


Peers have disagreed over whether terminally ill patients should be given a right to assisted dying, during a debate on patient choice at the end of life on 12 December 2013.

Global cancer cases reach 14 million, World Health Organization 

BBC News

The number of people being diagnosed with cancer in the world each year has leaped to more than 14 million, the World Health Organization says.

The conversations can be more difficult than the procedures


“In recent years I’ve realised it is often the procedures that we don’t do and the conversations that we must have that are the most difficult. And no conversations are more difficult than the ones we are sometimes compelled to have regarding end of life care.”

What will it take for palliative care to be mainstream?

Cancer Candor blog

In all of ACS CAN’s work on the issue of palliative care, we’ve come to know too well that palliative care is misunderstood.

Activist: ‘You only die once, die the way you want’

ABC News

“Talking about sex won’t make you pregnant and talking about death won’t kill you,” says Alexandra Drane, the founder of Engage With Grace. 

A Fundraising Korea; how South Korea is developing its fundraising and civil society

nfpSynergy blog

“The South Koreans are very interested in how we do fundraising and charities in the UK,” writes Joe Saxton in a report on his recent visit to Seoul to give two days of talks and seminars on fundraising and branding.

How to survive bereavement at Christmas

Huffington Post

“At least three things we all have in common are birth, death and the difficulty in accepting death – that of others or our own. Anniversaries and major Bank Holidays can be particularly difficult,” writes Psychotherapist Karin Sieger.

Burying certain myths about the ‘dying process’

US- Bowie Blade-News

“The current debate about end of life decision-making in healthcare is avoiding the most important ingredient; understanding the natural, physical process of dying,” writes nurse Tani Bahti.

Using miniature chairs to facilitate communication with children

ehospice International children’s edition

The American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine has published research that describes three case studies where miniature chairs were used to facilitate communication between children receiving palliative care, their family members and healthcare professionals.

Parting words from the 2013 Senior Australian of the Year

ehospice Australia

As January 26 and Australian Day Celebrations draw closer, the country will be introduced to a new Australian and Senior Australian of the Year. ehospice caught up with 2013 Senior Australian of the Year Emeritus Professor Ian Maddocks to reflect on the year that has been and what he envisions for the future of palliative care in Australia.

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